Rocker sole shoes have become very popular in the past few years.   They are often advertised as “fitness shoes” and manufacturers claim that you can get a tighter butt and eliminate cellulite by wearing their shoes.  Don’t believe them.  Rockers are a very old idea and companies like MBT and hoka grey yellowSketcher Shape-ups are taking this old idea and making unproven claims.   Rocker shoes can , however, be very effective treatments for some foot problems including  ball-of-foot pain, heel pain, foot arthritis and big toe joint painDetailed information on how rocker work can be found here.

In the past we have reviewed the MBT and Sketcher shoes.  While these are good rockers we were not impressed with the soft and unstable heel of these shoes.  Many of our patients found they lacked stability in these shoes.

We have been looking for a shoe with a good rocker and a more stable heel.  We have found it in a new brand called Hoka One One.   Initially marketed as a running shoe, they are coming out now with a number of different athletic, walking and casual shoes with rocker soles.

If you are in the market for a rocker shoe, this is the one we recommend.   Take a look at both men’s and women’s Hoka shoes here. If you are in the market for a hoka blakerocker shoe, forget about MBTs and Sketchers.   Of all the rocker shoes we have reviewed, the best brand is Cogent.

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Dr. Larry Huppin

Podiatrist specializing in biomechanics at Foot & Ankle Center of Washington
Lawrence Z.Huppin, DPM is an internationally recognized lecturer and teacher on orthotic therapy and biomechanics.In his Seattle private practice his focus in on treatment of mechanical problems such as heel pain, bunions, ball of foot pain, athletic injuries and children’s foot conditions.In addition he specializes in toenail problems including ingrown and fungal toenail conditions. He is always focused on helping patients avoid surgery if at all possible and keeping your medical costs as low as possible.
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8 thoughts on “Podiatrist Review of Best Rocker Shoes

  1. How does cogent compare to Ryn ? The Ryn seems fairly new so you may not have come across it yet. It is more expensive than Cogent.

    1. The Cogent and Ryn are very similar in that they both have stable heels. In fact, they are the two brands I recommend the most. I think they are both far superior to the MBT and Sketchers. Two other companies are coming out with stable rocker shoes – those are Aetrex and Orthofeet. Both should be out by the end of the year.

  2. I love your site!
    I also have a shoe blog and I recently posted my top ten best sandal list. Although I didn’t include the Cogent shoes – they definitely deserve to be in the top ten.
    Thanks for the great info!
    Dr Cathleen A McCarthy

  3. I have plantar facshiatis (sp?) and need sandals for a trip to Hawaii.
    will these cogent sandals work well for me?
    Thank you.

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